New from Paul Smith: Portrait for Women, Portrait for Men

    New from Paul Smith: Portrait for Women, Portrait for Men

    post #1 of 28
    Thread Starter 

    Paul Smith Portrait.
     

    Inspired by his love of travel and passion for photography the two fragrances are the result of a two-year collaboration between the designer
    and new generation perfumer, Barnabé Fillion.

     

     

    The fragrances vividly differ, but are connected by four key notes – bergamot, cardamom, myrrh and tea; black tea in the case of Portrait For Women and Green Tea in Portrait For Men. The tea note, key to both fragrances, is associated with the rich aroma of Black Tea at Indian markets and the distinctive smell of Green Tea from Japan.

     


    Portrait for Women

    A fresh, green floral fragrance, Portrait for Women is crisp and light with a spicy, fruity edge, powdery heart and a musky dry down.

     

     

     

    Top: bergamot, black tea, cardamom, black currant, peach
    Heart: wild rose, jasmine
    Base: myrrh, musk

     

     

    Portrait for Men

    Portrait for Men is a woody, spicy fragrance, characterised by a distinctive green tea note with pink pepper, cedarwood and a sweet, sensual balsamic facet thanks to tolu balm.

     

     

    Top: bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper
    Heart: geranium, black current blossom
    Base: cedar, tolu balsam, myrrh, labdanum


    Bottle design is described as elegant and timeless, inspired by ultimate traveller’s accessories - a flask and a camera. The men’s bottle combines silver metal and smoky gray glass, while the women’s offers golden metal and transparent glass that reveals gentle rosy fluid.

     

    Baptiste Radufe and Karlin Caune are the models of the advertisement campaign, shot by photographer Annemarieke Van Drimmelen.


    Available in 40 ml and 80ml.

     

    Sources: iperfumer.com, apetogentleman.com, paulsmith.co.uk

    post #2 of 28

    Thanks for the info., furrypine!

    post #3 of 28
    Thank you very much for the info. Will be on the lookout for this.
    post #4 of 28

    I've got it on skin now and it is fantastic! It smells rather niche-y to my nose; wonderfully spicy thanks to the pepper and cardamom, and superbly composed and complex. This, to me, represents a refreshing departure from the current trends of male fragrance production in a time where everything seems to smell exactly the same. This reminds me of something else, something more expensive, which I will report back with if I can remember for the life of me what it is. An instant classic in my eyes - it deserves to do well.

    post #5 of 28
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    Originally Posted by voodoodanny View Post
     

    I've got it on skin now and it is fantastic! It smells rather niche-y to my nose; wonderfully spicy thanks to the pepper and cardamom, and superbly composed and complex. This, to me, represents a refreshing departure from the current trends of male fragrance production in a time where everything seems to smell exactly the same. This reminds me of something else, something more expensive, which I will report back with if I can remember for the life of me what it is. An instant classic in my eyes - it deserves to do well.

     

     

    is it similar to Cartier Declaration?

    post #6 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by voodoodanny View Post

    I've got it on skin now and it is fantastic! It smells rather niche-y to my nose; wonderfully spicy thanks to the pepper and cardamom, and superbly composed and complex. This, to me, represents a refreshing departure from the current trends of male fragrance production in a time where everything seems to smell exactly the same. This reminds me of something else, something more expensive, which I will report back with if I can remember for the life of me what it is. An instant classic in my eyes - it deserves to do well.
    May I ask where you acquired this?
    post #7 of 28

    Paul Smith is very much under the radar

    post #8 of 28
    voodoodanny I just realized your location - York, so I am assuming in the UK and definitely not anywhere near York, Pennsylvania!
    post #9 of 28
    Tony - No. I did wonder that at first: There's a hint of Declaration about it from the cardamom it but it's fleeting. As is the fragrance in general it seems - it fades to a skin scent rather too quickly for my liking.

    Hednic - Yes, York UK from a department store called Fenwick. Very few other places seem to have it as of yet. I managed to acquire a 2ml sample but haven't purchased a bottle. The longevity may put me off doing so at this rate.
    post #10 of 28

    This is really quite lovely. Definitely several steps up from the generic drek that's being released by most houses these days. It reminds me strongly of the gorgeous Gucci Pour Homme II, so people worried about the discontinuation of that one would do well to check this out. It has a similarly beautiful light green tea note, as well as warm pepper and soft spice notes.

    Not a loud fragrance, but has very good longevity and I could smell it on myself for hours, albeit close to the skin.

    The best Paul Smith fragrance since London. Thumbs up from me!

    post #11 of 28
    This is going to be big news when it eventually goes on general sale, mark my words. Definitely my top discovery of 2013.
    post #12 of 28
    Loved this one at first smell, Mens version, couldn't resist buying even tho a bit pricey in the UK at Ł40 for 40 ml. But got a gift set for the same price. Very nice frag. Intoxicating smell. It does fade somewhat, but still there after a few hours.

    I agree with Voodoodaddy, it deserves to do well.
    post #13 of 28
    Great positive reviews from members. Can't wait to purchase this one as I have all of his men's scents.
    post #14 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Riverwide View Post
     

    This is really quite lovely....

     

    I have heard enough! Must search this out.

    post #15 of 28
    Anywhere in the States where this has been sighted?
    post #16 of 28
    Just tried this in House of Fraser (UK store). Very appealing. It's got a prominent Cardamom hit, but there's no astringent woods like Declaration. It develops into a spicy floral that's a little feminine without being "girly", so I find it quite wearable. The floral notes lends this frag a bit of powderiness, but we are not talking Habit Rouge or Brit here. It is light, but it's also got a "richness" I can't put my finger on. I'm sure I've smelt this middle accord in something else before, and it's irritating me that I cannot remember what, but it's not Declaration or GPHII. I'd like a few more of you to give this a try to help pinpoint what this reminds me of.

    Definitely my favourite new men's designer frag of 2013, and if that sounds like damning with faint praise in the year of In-shit-ctus, I'd very much like a bottle of this.

    Edit: after about 4 hours it goes a little bit soapy, not so much that it puts me off though ( I'm not a fan of soapy notes). It seems to have a soapy white musk in its drydown.
    Edited by andym72 - 9/30/13 at 1:47pm
    post #17 of 28
    Hmm... I'm not saying Portrait for Men is a dead on match, but I think I've got what the spicy floral middle stage reminds me of. It's a bit like a version of the current formulation of Dior Dolce Vita, which I think has a prominent sweet Cardamom note mixed with some slightly too girly florals. PSPfM has swapped the floral notes of Dolce Vita out for something else that works on a guy, but the overall effect is the same. And then during the drydown in comes that soapy white musk that's not like Dolce Vita at all, but again is taking it in a direction that women would like to smell on a guy.

    But it just about fulfils my long held desire for a frag that's like Dolce Vita but tilted more towards the masculine.
    Edited by andym72 - 10/5/13 at 3:45pm

    9/9/13 at 1:13pm

    furrypine said:



    Paul Smith Portrait.
     

    Inspired by his love of travel and passion for photography the two fragrances are the result of a two-year collaboration between the designer
    and new generation perfumer, Barnabé Fillion.

     

     

    The fragrances vividly differ, but are connected by four key notes – bergamot, cardamom, myrrh and tea; black tea in the case of Portrait For Women and Green Tea in Portrait For Men. The tea note, key to both fragrances, is associated with the rich aroma of Black Tea at Indian markets and the distinctive smell of Green Tea from Japan.

     


    Portrait for Women

    A fresh, green floral fragrance, Portrait for Women is crisp and light with a spicy, fruity edge, powdery heart and a musky dry down.

     

     

     

    Top: bergamot, black tea, cardamom, black currant, peach
    Heart: wild rose, jasmine
    Base: myrrh, musk

     

     

    Portrait for Men

    Portrait for Men is a woody, spicy fragrance, characterised by a distinctive green tea note with pink pepper, cedarwood and a sweet, sensual balsamic facet thanks to tolu balm.

     

     

    Top: bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper
    Heart: geranium, black current blossom
    Base: cedar, tolu balsam, myrrh, labdanum


    Bottle design is described as elegant and timeless, inspired by ultimate traveller’s accessories - a flask and a camera. The men’s bottle combines silver metal and smoky gray glass, while the women’s offers golden metal and transparent glass that reveals gentle rosy fluid.

     

    Baptiste Radufe and Karlin Caune are the models of the advertisement campaign, shot by photographer Annemarieke Van Drimmelen.


    Available in 40 ml and 80ml.

     

    Sources: iperfumer.com, apetogentleman.com, paulsmith.co.uk

    9/9/13 at 1:36pm

    lpp said:



    Thanks for the info., furrypine!

    9/9/13 at 8:02pm

    hednic said:



    Thank you very much for the info. Will be on the lookout for this.

    9/12/13 at 7:17am

    voodoodanny said:



    I've got it on skin now and it is fantastic! It smells rather niche-y to my nose; wonderfully spicy thanks to the pepper and cardamom, and superbly composed and complex. This, to me, represents a refreshing departure from the current trends of male fragrance production in a time where everything seems to smell exactly the same. This reminds me of something else, something more expensive, which I will report back with if I can remember for the life of me what it is. An instant classic in my eyes - it deserves to do well.

    9/12/13 at 7:47am

    Tony T said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by voodoodanny View Post
     

    I've got it on skin now and it is fantastic! It smells rather niche-y to my nose; wonderfully spicy thanks to the pepper and cardamom, and superbly composed and complex. This, to me, represents a refreshing departure from the current trends of male fragrance production in a time where everything seems to smell exactly the same. This reminds me of something else, something more expensive, which I will report back with if I can remember for the life of me what it is. An instant classic in my eyes - it deserves to do well.

     

     

    is it similar to Cartier Declaration?

    9/12/13 at 7:47am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by voodoodanny View Post

    I've got it on skin now and it is fantastic! It smells rather niche-y to my nose; wonderfully spicy thanks to the pepper and cardamom, and superbly composed and complex. This, to me, represents a refreshing departure from the current trends of male fragrance production in a time where everything seems to smell exactly the same. This reminds me of something else, something more expensive, which I will report back with if I can remember for the life of me what it is. An instant classic in my eyes - it deserves to do well.
    May I ask where you acquired this?

    9/12/13 at 7:48am

    Tony T said:



    Paul Smith is very much under the radar

    9/12/13 at 7:53am

    hednic said:



    voodoodanny I just realized your location - York, so I am assuming in the UK and definitely not anywhere near York, Pennsylvania!

    9/12/13 at 8:55am

    voodoodanny said:



    Tony - No. I did wonder that at first: There's a hint of Declaration about it from the cardamom it but it's fleeting. As is the fragrance in general it seems - it fades to a skin scent rather too quickly for my liking.

    Hednic - Yes, York UK from a department store called Fenwick. Very few other places seem to have it as of yet. I managed to acquire a 2ml sample but haven't purchased a bottle. The longevity may put me off doing so at this rate.

    9/17/13 at 7:40pm

    Riverwide said:



    This is really quite lovely. Definitely several steps up from the generic drek that's being released by most houses these days. It reminds me strongly of the gorgeous Gucci Pour Homme II, so people worried about the discontinuation of that one would do well to check this out. It has a similarly beautiful light green tea note, as well as warm pepper and soft spice notes.

    Not a loud fragrance, but has very good longevity and I could smell it on myself for hours, albeit close to the skin.

    The best Paul Smith fragrance since London. Thumbs up from me!

    9/18/13 at 10:30am

    voodoodanny said:



    This is going to be big news when it eventually goes on general sale, mark my words. Definitely my top discovery of 2013.

    9/21/13 at 7:26pm

    pauljaw said:



    Loved this one at first smell, Mens version, couldn't resist buying even tho a bit pricey in the UK at Ł40 for 40 ml. But got a gift set for the same price. Very nice frag. Intoxicating smell. It does fade somewhat, but still there after a few hours.

    I agree with Voodoodaddy, it deserves to do well.

    9/22/13 at 12:53pm

    hednic said:



    Great positive reviews from members. Can't wait to purchase this one as I have all of his men's scents.

    9/29/13 at 3:30am

    perfaddict said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Riverwide View Post
     

    This is really quite lovely....

     

    I have heard enough! Must search this out.

    9/29/13 at 5:48am

    hednic said:



    Anywhere in the States where this has been sighted?

    9/30/13 at 4:51am

    andym72 said:



    Just tried this in House of Fraser (UK store). Very appealing. It's got a prominent Cardamom hit, but there's no astringent woods like Declaration. It develops into a spicy floral that's a little feminine without being "girly", so I find it quite wearable. The floral notes lends this frag a bit of powderiness, but we are not talking Habit Rouge or Brit here. It is light, but it's also got a "richness" I can't put my finger on. I'm sure I've smelt this middle accord in something else before, and it's irritating me that I cannot remember what, but it's not Declaration or GPHII. I'd like a few more of you to give this a try to help pinpoint what this reminds me of.

    Definitely my favourite new men's designer frag of 2013, and if that sounds like damning with faint praise in the year of In-shit-ctus, I'd very much like a bottle of this.

    Edit: after about 4 hours it goes a little bit soapy, not so much that it puts me off though ( I'm not a fan of soapy notes). It seems to have a soapy white musk in its drydown.
    Edited by andym72 - 9/30/13 at 1:47pm

    10/5/13 at 12:01pm

    andym72 said:



    Hmm... I'm not saying Portrait for Men is a dead on match, but I think I've got what the spicy floral middle stage reminds me of. It's a bit like a version of the current formulation of Dior Dolce Vita, which I think has a prominent sweet Cardamom note mixed with some slightly too girly florals. PSPfM has swapped the floral notes of Dolce Vita out for something else that works on a guy, but the overall effect is the same. And then during the drydown in comes that soapy white musk that's not like Dolce Vita at all, but again is taking it in a direction that women would like to smell on a guy.

    But it just about fulfils my long held desire for a frag that's like Dolce Vita but tilted more towards the masculine.
    Edited by andym72 - 10/5/13 at 3:45pm